Already Needing Braces

This time around, the dentist had this serious look on her face after she examined my daughter's teeth. She asked me to take a look at my 8-year-old daughter's lower front teeth and then pointed to an erupting tooth. She said, "You see this tooth trying to come out? Well, it can't because it's growing in the wrong spot." That didn't sound good at all. The dentist said we need to get my daughter to an orthodontist as soon as possible. Yup, she needs braces. The ortho would need to make room for the new permanent tooth. It's growing behind another permanent tooth right now and is pushing that permanent tooth out of its place.

It's funny how a lot of kids nowadays have crooked teeth. I see so many kids wearing braces now. I wonder if it's the kinds of foods that we eat that is impacting the development of straight teeth. I look at my parents and my siblings and we all have relatively straight teeth. Similarly, my friends have straight teeth but their kids have crooked teeth and some of them are wearing braces now. I read from a health magazine not too long ago that eating carrot sticks help kids' teeth grow straight. I'm going to have force my girls eat carrot sticks and cut back on candies and sweet foods. I would want my youngest one to grow her teeth straight like her baby ones right now.

My Little Girl To The Rescue

I found a great recipe online yesterday and decided to print it out. I got an error message from my printer prompting me to load the paper tray so I checked the printer but couldn't find where the paper tray was. We got this new printer for Christmas and I probably used it a few times only. Without even trying harder to locate the paper tray by myself, I instinctively called my daughter to come and help me. She came running to me and our conversation went something like this:

Daughter: Mom?

Me: The printer is not working. I need to load more paper. Do you know where is the paper tray?

Daughter: It's right here (pointing to the bottom front of the printer)

Me: That's not a tray.

Daughter: You put paper in there (pointing to the same spot)

Me: That's just the bottom of the printer (examining where daughter was pointing)

Daughter: (kneeled down and tried pulling the bottom tray open) It is this one.

Me: (turned the printer around) I think it's back here...

Daughter: No mom, it's this one (pointing again to the same spot at the printer)

Me: No it's not, you can't open that. It's not a tray.

Daughter: Here. (she pulled the tray open)

Me: How did you...

Daughter: I saw dad do it.

Okay, might I add that my daughter is only 4-year old. I don't know how she does it but she learns very quickly just by observing people. If her sister is playing an online game, she would just stand behind and watch. Later on, she'll ask me how to spell the website and then she'll attempt to play on her own. My husband sometimes plays online pool and my little one knows how to play it now. When she was 3 year-old, I brought her to my workplace. I seated her at my desk and logged onto and my coworkers just marveled at her playing on the computer. One of my coworkers overheard me telling my daughter not to print anything out, walked to me, and asked if she heard me correctly telling my daughter to not print. When I replied yes, she gave out a laugh and said she didn't even know what key to press to print. Well, I reassured my coworker that I too join her in the "DUMB AND CLUELESS" department because sometimes feel stupid asking a toddler to teach me how to play some of her games.

Losing Your Mobile Phone

I was at the park playground with my daughters yesterday (lovely, just gorgeous weather) and while I was watching them play, a note taped on a pole caught my attention. I walked over to read it. In bold big letters, the title was "PHONE LOST". The owner lost her Google Nexus phone a few days ago and is offering a $200 cash reward to the founder.

I've read about this smart phone a while back. It is a pretty darn expensive phone!

Have you ever lost your mobile phone? I have. It was one of the worst feelings I've ever experienced. The panic and horror knowing that I lost so much valuable information stored on my phone. It was also such a fat pain looking everywhere for it and then accepting the fact that the phone was indeed lost. I think I flipped my house inside out looking for the phone because I had so many personal data, pictures, and precious videos saved on that phone. So when I saw the note at the playground, I could not help but look around where ever I was walking hoping to find the phone for the poor mom who lost it. I hope whoever finds it will be kind enough to return it to her and collect a good karma point for him/herself.

A Fellow Blogger Thoughtfulness

A fellow blogger from Malaysia sent me this lovely keychain as a token of appreciation to drop by her blog, In My World, during her hiatus from blogging a few months ago. I'm very appreciative of her thoughtfulness.

I hung the keychain on my jewelry box and my ever so curious 8-year old daughter, who always seems to know every new thing in my bedroom, asked where did I get the keychain. I told her a friend gave it to me. She exclaimed, "You have a friend?!" Gosh, she sure made me feel like a loner for a second there. I'd be lucky to get 5 hours of sleep on a weekday let alone going out with friends. See, being a mom to three kids is a fulltime and overtime job 365 days.

Thank you, Ladyviral, for 1) showing to my daughter that her mom has friends, and 2) taking the time out from your busy transition schedule to buy and mail this gift to me.

March Blooms

This week's weather has been more like spring weather. Nice and warm with lots of sunshine. I was assessing my backyard and it still looks barren compared to my neighbors. In my previous post, I talked about the only plant that grows in my garden is the lily plant. Every year by May or June, my neighbors' backyards look stunning especially the one with their yard behind my yard. Here's a peek at that yard:

If you click on the picture, you can see red and pink flowers starting to bloom. In another month or two, their fences will be covered with an assortment of beautiful flowers. They also have vegetables too. The garden is tended by an elderly woman. Whenever I see her in the backyard, I would watch her for bit to see what she does and all I see her do is just water her garden. Of course, I'd just watch her for a bit, anything longer would make it look like I'm stalking her. So while nature runs its course and give beautiful blooms to my neighbors' garden, I run to the nursery to buy my flowers and plant them.

A Plant That Grows On Its Own

This is just bizarre. I have one lily plant in my backyard that grows so well. As a matter of fact, it's no ordinary lily plant, it's more like a giant lily plant. Now before I continue about this bizarre plant, I want to mention that nothing grows in my garden accept grass and weeds. Anything that I put in the soil, DIES! This is my 5th year gardening and no success. I'm not kidding. Zero success rate. It has gotten so bad that my family jokes that whenever I go to the nursery to pick up something for my backyard, that plant can feel death approaching.

So here's the thing, nothing grows except for this gigantic lily plant. I didn't even planted it. My neighbor's lily plant pollinated its seeds over to my side of the fence. In due time, I saw a lily plant growing. I was so happy! It grew so nicely and uh, it just kept growing. It grew bigger and taller than my neighbors' lilies. I've never seen anything like it before.

My daughter was in the backyard playing over the weekend and I snapped this picture of her feeling on the lily petal:

As you can see, she was all bundled up. It was so cold but she wanted to go outside and play. She didn't want me to take her picture so she kept looking away. I'm not sure if you can see the height difference, but my daughter is shorter than the tallest lily flower from the plant. Look at the leaves, it's so huge!

Here's another odd thing. I never tended to this plant. I don't even water it. It just grows on its own. It used to be on the right side of my backyard. My husband uprooted it and tossed it to another part of the yard. He forgot to replant it for a few days because he was busy fertilizing the right yard soil. When he was done, he just dug a hole and stuck the lily plant in. I remember it looked dead and then the leaves wilted and the flowers died. So I cut off all the leaves, the stems, and flowers. Well, it just grew back I think late last fall. Our winter was freezing and everything died in my garden...except...this lily plant. It grew and grew and now it's huge. Geez, I wish my rose bush would grow half as nicely has this plant!

Lovey Duffy Girls

The best part of being a mom to two girls is getting free hand and back massages from them. It's cute how they would fight over whose turn it is to massage me. If it's the eldest turn, the younger one would complain that her sister is taking too long, and vice versa. Now where did they get all this from? Well, would you believe, they learned it from this kiddy game called "Sally Spa"? Now of course, their massages are more like tiny hands pitching on your skin and gripping on the shoulders, but nonetheless, it does feel relaxing.

The second best part is they love to eat what I eat..well...almost. My youngest daughter is a bit of a picky eater but the eldest one, she's like my clone. We both have very versatile palate. I think I've mentioned it before in my previous post about my eldest daughter being such an easy eater that when she was a toddler, she surprised everyone by drinking Chinese herbal medicine for her persistent cough.

What we enjoy to do most is baking! We've attempted red velvet cupcakes:

And chocolate cupcakes:

I think it's important to start kids to enjoy cooking while they're young. For one, they learn about healthy eating and nutrition, and secondly, they won't be afraid to cook and know how to cook when they grow up. I have a handful of girlfriends who don't know how to cook or are afraid to cook because they were raised in homes where their moms did all the cooking and cleaning. I'll just end it here. Don't want to talk about other people's problems.

Have a wonderful weekend all!

It's Spring...And We're Raining Ice!

Yesterday late afternoon at 4pm, I was cutting up meat to cook for dinner, and all of a sudden, I heard pop!pop!pop!, like as if rocks falling from the sky. The sound was so loud that it startled me and I quickly looked up at my kitchen skylight. My kitchen was bright because it was sunny outside. Would you believe, that pop!pop!pop! was ice pellets hitting my skylight. Out of nowhere, we had hail and the sun was out. My kids were startled by the loud sound too and they came running into the kitchen. I opened my front door to have a better look of the hail and boy, it sure was weird looking at the hail on a bright sunny day. See those white specks on my rug and floor? They're ice pellets:

My eldest daughter was quick to guess that our backyard would have a lot of ice and she ran to look out my bedroom window. I did a color swap on my camera to highlight where the ice was. All the white dots in the picture were ice.

Many people don't take global warming seriously and of course, there are those who think that global warming is a hoax created by scientists and the world government. I need not think any further when all I have to do is think about the weird weather that we've been having in the beginning of 2010. The world climate is changing for sure. How on earth is someone going to tell me that it is perfectly normal to rain ice when it is sunny with blue sky? In the spring time too? And look at the earthquakes that we recently had. The Chile 8.8 mega-earthquake was so strong that scientists said it shifted the earth's axis by 3 inches and shortened our day by a millimeter of a second which means that the earth is spinning faster every trip around the sun. I know we can't worry too much and take things as they come. This makes me know, maybe San Francisco and the tropical countries will get snow one day. If our earth's axis keep shifting (the 2004 tsunami shifted the axis tremendously) and the earth is spinning faster, you may never know, right?

Lesson Learned From Tragedy

A recent fatal home invasion robbery in one of San Francisco's affluent neighborhoods taught me a valuable lesson about exercising good precaution when leaving and entering my home. Much of the tragic incident was captured on the victim's home surveillance cameras. Yes, cameras. The victim had installed multiple cameras outside and inside his house. After I watched how the victim and his wife were forced into their house at gunpoint, I was very alarmed and in disbelief. I see myself vulnerable too because whenever I walk to my house leading up to my front door, I don't look around and do a quick scan of my sides or back. I just walk to my door. In the video, you can see one suspect walking back and forth in front of their targeted house a couple of times, clearly casing the place. Once the gunman forced the couple inside their house, the victim tried to run upstairs and was shot by one of the suspects.

Another unbelievable thing that was shown in the video was one of the robbers went out of the house and walked a pedestrian, who was watching from outside the house, in at gunpoint and tied him up. I think I would have done the same thing as the pedestrian, standing outside to try to process what I just saw. From this tragedy, I learned to change my ways about certain things. I'm more diligent about my surrounding as I walk to my door. I make sure I'm not distracted and not talking on my phone when I'm opening my door. The victim was talking on his phone while walking up to his front door. I've talked to my kids, friends and family about this awareness when walking in the streets, going to their cars whether in the streets or garage, and walking to their house or other people's house. I hope to encourage everyone to practice the same safety precautions and if you have any more to add, please comment about it.

Today is Dr. Seuss Birthday!


Last night, my third grader daughter asked if I knew how old Dr. Seuss would be today and of course, I looked at her with confusion. Who? I asked. She said, "Dr. Seuss. Tomorrow is his birthday." I still didn't know who she was talking about. Then she said she wanted to wear blue socks to school tomorrow and that some of her classmates would be either bringing green eggs and ham sandwich for lunch, or dress up in their favorite Dr. Seuss character. It finally dawned on me which Dr. Seuss she was talking about. Her teacher gave the students heads up about Dr. Seuss 106th (googled it) birthday today and suggested everyone to bring something to share about the author.
We looked over some of Dr. Seuss' books at home and found my daughter's favorite one: Fox in Socks. I'm sooo glad my daughter didn't ask for green eggs and ham for lunch because 1) I hve no green food coloring, and 2) I don't want to put food coloring in her food. So it was a big PHEW that she wanted to wear blue socks and bring her book to share with the class.

I was curious about this author so I googled him: Full name is Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904-September 24, 1991. He was a writer and cartoonist (I never knew that, thought he was just a writer).

Here's a list of Dr. Seuss top 10 quotes:
Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #1
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.

Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #2
Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.
Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #3
From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.

Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #4
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.

Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #5
Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.

Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #6
If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.

Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #7
I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent.

Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #8
So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.
Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #9
And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed.

Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes #10
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

My favorite Dr. Seuss are "Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you", and "Be who you are and say what you feel because those that mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
What is your favorite Dr. Seuss quote?

Dr. Seuss photo credit: Image